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Robinson Tank “R” Project Completed

On November 8, 2022, the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution renaming Improvement District No. 5 (ID-5) tank to Robinson Tank to recognize retiring Director Jim Robinson’s 20-year service to the community. Director Robinson served on the water board from 1994 to 2010 and from 2018 to 2022.

He added his foresight and timely advice to numerous RMWD committees including those to improve the District’s engineering processes, the District’s responses to future with lessons learned from the Witch Creek Fire and planning and improvements for Santa Maria Recycled Water Plant. He was instrumental in the development of Ramona Parks and Recreation Association, Wellfield Community Park, and Ramona Junior Fairgrounds.

Board President Jim Hickle in November 2022 said of Director Robinson, “He’s always been an advocate for the youth and the community. That’s what I like most about him. We will miss his historical perspective. He’s been around for many years, so he understands why we did things in the past and he has a knowledge of the water systems. His knowledge and history with the district will be missed. I think all the board members will agree with that.”

Robinson Tank was originally constructed as part of the ID-5 project in 1981. It is located off of Old Julian Highway between downtown Ramona and the San Diego Country Estates. The tank is 484,000 gallons and 40-foot high and 46 feet in diameter. It was recently recoated and therefore was an excellent tank to choose to honor retiring Director Robinson.

The District was also looking to connect its infrastructure with the community and took inspiration from Fallbrook PUD’s Rattlesnake Tank, on which Fallbrook staff annually paint the year of the graduating high school class. After discussing with Ramona High School and RMWD’s board members and staff, the decision was made to paint an “R” on the tank for Ramona, Ramona High School, and Robinson.

(Editor’s note: The Ramona Municipal Water District is one of the San Diego County Water Authority’s 24 member agencies that deliver water across the San Diego County region.) 

Big ‘R’ on Ramona Water Tank Honors Retired Water District Director

The water tank visible from Hanson Lane has been re-painted with an “R” for Ramona, Ramona High School and Jim Robinson, who retired after 20 years on the Ramona Municipal Water District’s board of directors.

The ID-5 water tank off Old Julian Highway between downtown Ramona and San Diego Country Estates is now known as the “Robinson Tank.”

Ramona Water District Board to Appoint New Member Before February

The Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors hopes to appoint a candidate early next year to fill a vacant Division 3 board seat for the next two years. The board is on a fast track to find a replacement for incumbent Director Thomas N. Ace, one of two candidates who was running for a four-year seat.

Ramona Water District to Decide on Seat Won by Deceased Candidate

The Ramona Municipal Water District board of directors will decide Tuesday how to fill the Division 3 board seat for the next two or four years.

Incumbent Director Thomas N. Ace, one of two candidates running for a four-year seat, won the Nov. 3 election according to the final tally called Dec. 3 by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. But Ace died in late October at age 73, after voting had already begun.

Ace, who had served on the Ramona water board for six years after a 28-year career with the Lakeside Fire Protection District, earned 1,766 votes while challenger Rex Schildhouse, a retired Navy officer, got 1,654 votes. Schildhouse, elected to the board in 2013, resigned the following year.

Water District Adopts Defensible Space Ordinance, Accepts Auditing Report

The Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors at its Nov. 10 meeting unanimously agreed to adopt the county’s defensible space for fire protection ordinance and accepted an auditing report that gives the district a favorable “unmodified” rating.